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About the Alzheimer Society

The Alzheimer Society of Belleville-Hastings-Quinte and the Alzheimer Society of Prince Edward County were formed separately in 1987 by core groups of volunteers who saw the need for caregivers to have support while facing the challenges of Alzheimer's disease.  In 2014-2015, another group of volunteers formed a Joint Integration Committee to take the two Societies from two separate entities into one:  The Alzheimer Society of Hastings-Prince Edward, effective April 1, 2015.  Under the auspices of a volunteer Board of Directors, it is staffed by:
1 Executive Director 
5 Education and Support Coordinators 
1 Fund Development Coordinator
1 Administrative assistant /Volunteer Coordinator / Office receptionist

ASHPE is one of thirty-some Alzheimer Societies across Ontario with membership in the Alzheimer Society of Ontario.  The provincial organization provides support to its member Societies through training, government relations and resource materials.  The provincial Societies belong to the Alzheimer Society of Canada which, in turn, is affiliated with Alzheimer Disease International.

Volunteers play a huge role in the activities of the Society.  Their services currently are used mostly in the areas of fundraising and office support, but there are a select few who volunteer in providing service to clients.

The ASHPE works in partnership with other community agencies (such as Community Care, the CCAC, and VON) to bring education and support to those affected by Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.

Catchment area & services

The ASHPE serves all of Hastings County, Prince Edward County and the Brighton area.  Programs and services are focused on education, information and family support.  These are delivered in a variety of ways.

The main office, in the Bay View Mall at the east end of Belleville, offers easy access to:
 Lending library of video and reading materials
 Wide variety of educational brochures and pamphlets
 Education room with DVD, VCR and large screen TV.
 ‘Comfort Room’ for  small group consultation
 Early stage support group for people with dementia and their partners in care
 Caregiver support groups

 In 2005, the Chapter received additional funding from the Ministry of Health to support a part-time Public Education Coordinator to serve North Hastings.  The coordinator works out of the Community Care North Hastings office where similar resources are available for the public.

The Picton office, at the corner of King and Paul Streets, has a meeting room for support groups, administrative support and a similar offering of resource materials from its lending library.  

Offsite services include:
 Caregiver support groups held across the catchment area
 One-on-one sessions held in clients’ homes
 Family group sessions held in clients’ homes.
 1-800 number
 Website
 In-services/workshops to community support agencies, municipal services including police and long term care facilities, educational institutions, community and church groups
 Seminars for general public, family caregivers

Growth through strategic planning

In 2007, a needs assessment of clients, families, community agencies and front line workers was initiated.  The results indicated four priority needs:  respite, dementia-friendly activities, support groups and research. From the needs assessment, the board and staff developed a strategic plan, aligned with a plan for the Alzheimer Societies in Ontario (ASiO).

As a result, several initiatives were undertaken:
• In 2007, the board of directors authorized a contract with VON HNPE to provide an additional day of Adult Day Services in Quinte West.
• In 2008, a similar contract was set up for a contract with VON HNPE to provide an additional day of Adult Day Services in Bancroft.
• In 2008, the chapter hired a part-time education coordinator to cover Centre Hastings and Brighton.
• In 2010, the chapter hired another part-time education coordinator and redistributed the workload of its current coordinators, resulting in better coverage with one coordinator for each of the following areas:
  • South Hastings (Belleville and surroundings)
  • Centre Hastings 
  • North Hastings
  • Quinte West and Brighton

With amalgamation, the Society officially incorporated coverage of Prince Edward County.

Looking to the future

The SE LHIN funds about 40% of the Society's budget – the remainder is funded by donations and fundraising activities.  The Society has proven very successful in its fundraising ventures, but always is seeking more funding to be able to provide more service.

With baby boomers reaching 65, the Society anticipates a tremendous increase in demand for services.  Only through increasing partnerships with other Alzheimer Societies and community agencies will we be able to respond to that demand.  Combining the incoming demands and the pressure from the SE LHIN to demonstrate integration of health services, the Society has undertaken two important projects:

1.  The 2014 co-location of offices with other agencies under the banner of CrossRoads to Care.  The partners are:  

  • Providence Care Community Outeach Teams
  • Community Care for South Hastings
  • VON Adult Day Program & VON Ambulatory Clinic

2.  The amalgamation of Belleville and Prince Edward Alzheimer Societies, effective April 1, 2015.


 


Last Updated: 06/08/16
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